U23s Report: The Tigers 1 Millwall 0
Will Keane’s second-half strike helped the Under-23s to a 1-0 victory against Millwall at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday evening.
As well as Keane, fellow first-teamers Ondrej Mazuch and Kevin Stewart were given a run out in Jon Beale’s side, which also included three trialists - Callum Smith, who scored twice in the 4-3 win at Ipswich Town, Rhydian Williams and Kieran Holsgrove.
A Matty Jacob cross caused early problems for the Millwall defence and when they failed to clear Holsgrove’s left-foot shot was superbly kept out by Lions keeper Ryan Sandford before being cleared by a defender.
Holsgrove then saw another strike blocked from Hamilton’s pass before Mazuch met Dan Batty’s corner only to see his header was easily held by Sandford.
The Tigers continued to dominate proceedings and when Hamilton released Smith, he teed up Keane whose low effort was heading for the bottom corner before it was pushed past the post by Sandford.
The Lions' keeper easily held another Holsgrove effort on the half-hour mark before the final chance of the opening 45 minutes saw Keane fire high and wide.
Holsgrove was off target with a chance early in the second period before the only goal of the game came six minutes after the restart. Keane took advantage of hesitation in the Lions defence, advanced into the box and lashed an unstoppable effort past Sandford and into the net.
Mannion was called into action to save from David Adjiboye and then made a superb double save to tip away Noel Leighton’s cross before keeping out Ruben Duncan’s follow up effort.
The Tigers' keeper easily held another Adjiboye shot before producing an outstanding save to tip Leighton’s strike onto the post.
Millwall’s best chance came when Danny McNamara’s low cross was met by Adjiboye but he fired high over the bar from a great position. In stoppage time Millwall claimed a handball against a Tigers' defender but the referee turned down the appeal, ensuring Beale's side ended their 2017/18 Professional Development League home campaign with a win.
Hull City: Will Mannion, Rhydian Williams, Matty Jacob, Dan Batty, Lewis Ritson, Ondrej Mazuch, Tyler Hamilton, Kevin Stewart, Will Keane (Tom Powell 88), Kieran Holsgrove (Greg Olley 68), Callum Smith (Liam Edwards 68).
Subs Not Used: Jonathan Saltmer, Josh Thacker.
Millwall: Ryan Sandford, Danny McNamara, Junior Tiensia, Harry Donovan, Jessie Debrah, Christian Mbulu, David Adjiboye, Jethro Hanson, Noel Leighton (Kayne Diedrick-Roberts 88), Isaac Olaofe, Joe Wicks (Ruben Duncan 46).
Subs Not Used: Seb Barton, Lewis West.